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ActionH2O seeks to harness a grassroots collective effort to develop new conservation and efficiency-based approaches to water management that are adopted by local governments. This bottom-up effort has HUGE potential to change how water is managed across the whole country! The goal of ActionH2O is to work with 20 cities and towns across Canada over the next 1½ years to identify locally relevant solutions and opportunities for action on water conservation. Using “How To” handbooks and primers, cutting-edge research, a Water Sustainability Charter Toolkit, and a unique visual-based resource that outlines the full application of best water practices called "Canada’s Bluest City", and the ingenuity of grassroots groups across the country, ActionH2O will bring a comprehensive suite of water conservation planning and action resources to the doors of Canadian communities.

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N. L. regulator wants review of oil exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence

The federal-provincial offshore oil regulator for Newfoundland and Labrador wants Ottawa to examine the impact of exploration in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.... Read more »

Middle Great Lakes losing 200 tons of water per second

Media Release, June 9, 2011

TORONTO - A report released today by Sierra Club Ontario’s Great Lakes Section has found serious errors in the calculations of a report by the International Upper Great Lakes Study Board (IUGLSB). The 2009 report, which cost $17 Million, recommended that nothing be done about the increased outflow from Lakes Michigan and Huron. But according to Sierra Club’s Bill Bialkowski, an engineer with extensive experience in hydraulic modeling, the increased outflow is significantly higher than documented in the IUGLSB report.

Bialkowski’s analysis is available here.... Read more »

Three areas considered for marine protection

SYDNEY — The federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans plans to soon name the “area of interest” that is its choice for a marine protected area along the Eastern Scotian Shelf.

DFO plans to select one from three potential areas — Middle Bank, Misaine Bank & Eastern Shoal and St. Anns Bank — within four weeks, says spokesperson Chastity McKinnon.

Fishermen and seafood processors have said all three proposed areas would impact on Cape Breton.

McKinnon said Tuesday after an area of interest is selected, the next step will be to consult with the fishing community, federal and provincial government departments, First Nations and other stakeholders about its specific protection needs to work toward its designation as a marine protected area.
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Hydraulic fracturing can contaminate drinking water: study

As the Nova Scotia (N.S.) government conducts a review of the environmental effects associated with hydraulic fracturing, a new study by scientists at Duke University found that the drilling technique, which is used to free natural gas trapped in shale rock formations, can contaminate drinking water.

The study - "Methane contamination of drinking water accompanying gas-well drilling and hydraulic fracturing" - collected data from groundwater tests conducted at 68 private drinking water wells in the Marcellus and Utica shale drilling areas from 36- to 190-m deep in northeastern Pennsylvania and southern New York State.

Of those 68 wells, 60 were tested for dissolved methane. (All wells were analyzed for, among other things, dissolved salts, water isotopes and isotopes of dissolved constituents - carbon, boron, and radium.)

The study found methane concentrations in 51 of the 60 wells.... Read more »

France to ban fracking

French lawmakers have voted to ban a controversial technique used to extract shale gas and oil that opponents say contaminates the environment.

If the vote by the lower house of parliament passes the Senate next month, France will be the first country to ban hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking. The process injects water, chemicals and sand into rock formations to break them open and extract previously unattainable fossil fuel deposits.

The overwhelming vote by the National Assembly follows months of protest across France against a technique that environmentalists say threatens to pollute the water table. Many were outraged at the beginning of the year when it was discovered that several exploration permits had been granted without public consultation. The issue has become highly political as the government prepares for a difficult presidential campaign next year.... Read more »


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